With the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, healthcare professionals are urging people to limit their celebrations to their households only.
Several people will be spending Thanksgiving alone for the first time and are video calling their loved ones instead of holding large social gatherings. In light of COVID-19, even the tradition of parade balloons on Thanksgiving is going to be a little different this year.
President-elect Joe Biden expressed in a Thanksgiving speech that he understands people are tired of the restrictions the pandemic brings, however, he says it’s essential to keep in mind that we have to fight the virus together instead of fighting with each other.
Biden’s speech comes after more than 2,000 deaths were reported in a day due to the coronavirus. On top of that, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have predicted that the death toll could increase from 294,000 to 321,000 by the end of December.
Los Angeles County is a source of concern for many healthcare professionals as it has the highest population and in turn, the cases are rapidly increasing there. According to the Los Angeles Times, one out of 145 people tests positive for COVID-19. The number has drastically changed from the previous months ago when it was one in 880 people.
According to John Hopkins University, the coronavirus cases have currently skyrocketed to 12.8 million cases and the death toll is over 263,000.
The World Health Organization is encouraging people to exercise because four to five million deaths a year can be avoided if people exercise. They have released a detailed set of new instructions for the amount of exercise every age group should be getting.
They have highlighted the importance of exercise because people are increasingly becoming more sedentary as social distancing and lockdowns preventing them from going outside. They have stated that exercise is essential for your health, which needs improvement now more than ever.
Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca have all announced their vaccines to be 95% effective as discovered in the last stages of their clinical trials.
However, there have been some problems with AstraZeneca’s vaccine, as some volunteers received half a dose because of differences in the concentration of the vaccine. The last-stage will be conducted again by the company with two more groups.
Another problem was that their volunteers did not consist of people above 55 who are more susceptible to death by the virus.